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Why Take the Risk?

We altered our route. For over a decade Nancy and I have taken the same three-mile trek around Weatherford six mornings each week. We have changed dogs several times – Streak, Scout, Gus, Freckles – but never really stopped taking the same streets. As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke…” Well, it broke. One evening we were duplicating ...

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A Cold Day at Grand Central

At the end of last year, my family had the opportunity to take a vacation to New York City. We had a fantastic time although I was very glad to come back to Western Oklahoma. One of the afternoons as we were sight-seeing, we stopped by Grand Central Station. If you’re not familiar with Grand Central, this is one of the hubs of the underground and above ground train s...

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How Things Have Changed

I use a daily devotional as a supplement to my Bible reading each morning. Through the decades I have used a few of the devotional books more than once. This year, I again pulled out My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. I first read it through in 1980 as a part of my class assignment in Personal Evangelism. The content is accurate, inspiring, and practical. That ...

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Keep Seeking

I heard Paul tell Easton “She was here yesterday; maybe she got out last night.” I questioned what they were discussing to find out that Fluffy, the kids pet bunny rabbit, had escaped the security of our backyard and was missing. After rounding up shoes for everyone, we loaded up and started patrolling the neighborhood. Everyone kept their eyes peeled as we dr...

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One Little Brown Shoe

It has been there for months. I see it every time I exit the church’s parking lot. I am not sure as to how the little, brown, Velcro-strapped shoe got there; but I am positive that it is not serving the purpose for which it was made. It lies on dry, dormant grass with no feeling of anything inside. It has been rained on, sun beaten, wind-blown, frostbitten, and proba...

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Glow In The Dark

The truck jerked to a quick stop. Initially, in the early morning darkness, it had seemed as though it was going to blow through the stop sign. We have seen that happen often while walking before the sun comes up. This morning was different. Nancy was wearing the battery-powered vest I gave her for Christmas. The colors of the glowing tubes on the vest can be changed. On t...

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The Wedding Singer

At the end of November, I was invited to take a trip to Morogoro, Tanzania, to visit a primary school started by IMB missionaries. The purpose of the trip was to gather information and see first hand the needs and then begin praying about how and if God would lead us to join the ministry as it grows.   It was an incredible experience for me, and I am thankful to ...

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Your Presence Is Important

Nancy and I snuck into the balcony a few minutes before church started on New Year’s Eve. The snow and frigid cold convinced us to stay close to home on my Sunday of vacation. Actually, there is no place we would rather worship than First Baptist Church in Weatherford. I enjoyed the perspective from up top. I enjoyed the music and the preaching. I enjoyed being surro...

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New year

The afternoon walk I usually take Freckles on was interrupted by a meal we hosted in our home. In spite of her silent pleadings as she looked through the window with her big, brown eyes, I had no time to fulfill her expected excursion. Nancy and I both worked together to finalize food and atmosphere preparation. I even built a fire in our outdoor fireplace. The guests arr...

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Your Phones Reflecting You

  It’s not just an issue for younger generations. I have seen, and am even close to, many adults from older generations (Baby Boomers and beyond) who spend too much time on their cell phones. There may be different uses across generations, but the cell phone has invaded the vast majority of our lives. For this reason – and because the cell phone distractio...

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